Conceptual
Physics 12e 
Laboratory Activity Title and Purpose 
PhET Simulation 
Part
One: Mechanics 
Motivating
the Moving Man [Graphical Kinematics] at Teachers
Pay Teachers Purpose: Graphical Kinematics 

Tavurvur
Volcano Erupts @ Teachers Pay Teachers This is a video+PhET sim activity that uses a video capturing the beginning of a volcanic eruption to investigate projectile motion, the speed of sound, and adiabatic expansion. 

Pushing
Things Around [Newton's Second Law] @ Teachers
Pay Teachers Purpose: To investigate the relationship between force and motion using the “Forces and Motion: Basics” PhET simulation. 
Force
and Motion: Basics 

The
Laws of Attraction [Universal Gravitation] @
Teachers Pay Teachers Purpose: To investigate the quantitative nature of gravitational attraction. 
Gravity
Force Lab 

Worlds of Wonder [Orbital
Mechanics] @ Teachers Pay Teachers Purpose: To use a simulation to study the orbital mechanics of a simplified solar system 

Crash
and Stick [Momentum] @ Teachers Pay Teachers Purpose: conservation of momentum 

Fire
it Up [Energy] at Teachers Pay Teachers Purpose: conservation of energy 

A
Question of Balance [Balanced Torques] at Teachers
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Part Two:
Properties of Matter 
Spring to Another World
[Hooke's Law] @ Teachers Pay Teachers Purpose: To use a simulation of masses and springs to determine force constants, a mass value, and the gravitational acceleration of an unknown planet 
Masses
and Springs 
Pool
Cubes: Density [Density] @ Teachers Pay
Teachers Purpose: To rank items by mass, size, density, and to determine a densitybased rule for floatation 
Density 

Pool Cubes: Buoyancy
[Buoyancy] Coming Soon Purpose: To investigate the nature of the buoyant force and to see the role it plays in determining whether or not an object floats 
Buoyancy 

Part Three: Heat 
Bouncing Off the Walls [Kinetic Theory] Purpose: To control and observe the behavior of gas particles (atoms or molecules) as modeled in a simulation to investigate properties of gas such as temperature and pressure 
Gas
Properties 
Part Four: Sound 
Water Waves in an Electric Sink [Wave
Mechanics] @ Teachers Pay Teachers Purpose: To observe and control waves in a ripple tank simulation to learn the basics of wave mechanics 
Wave
Interference 
High
Quiet Low Loud [Sound Waves] at Teachers Pay
Teachers Amplitude and wavelength in sound waves 

The
Laws of Repulsion [Coulomb's Law] on Teachers Pay
Teachers Coulomb's law of electrostatic force 

Part Five: Electricity and Magnetism 
Quest for the Coulomb Cup [Electric Forces
and Fields] Purpose: To use a simulation to gain a sense of the vector nature of the electric field and the consequence of the inverse square law that governs electrostatic force by completing a series of gamelike challenges 
Electric
Field Hockey 
Greased Lightning [Static Charging and
Discharging] Purpose: To determine the likelihood of getting a “carpet shock” (based on controllable variables), and to avoid or produce such shocks under a series of challenging conditions 
John Travoltage  
Lectric Plates @ Teachers Pay
Teachers Vary the variables that affect the electric field between charged paltes and see what happens. 
Capacitor
Lab 

TwoPlate Special @ Teachers
Pay Teachers The fundamentals of capacitance. 
Capacitor
Lab 

Batteries
and Bulbs [Circuits] at Teachers Pay Teachers Anatomy of an incandescent bulb and the basics of circuits 
Circuit Construction Kit 

Faraday's
Electromagnetic Lab [Electomagnetic
Interaction] @ TPT Purpose: To manipulate simulated magnets, compasses, and coils to see how magnetic fields interact with electric currents 
Faraday's
Electromagnetic Lab 

Part Six:
Light 
Pixel
Peeping [Color Mixing] @ Teachers Pay
Teachers Purpose: To pixels at the phosphor level, and seeing how colors are mixed Fun With Colors @ Teachers Pay Teachers Color mixing 
Color
Vision 
The
Fringe of Optics [Light Wave Interference] @
Teachers Pay Teachers Purpose: To construct the mathematical relationship describing interference patterns 
Wave Interference  
Part
Seven: Atomic and Nuclear Physics 
Shine a Light [The Photoelectric Effect]
@ Teachers Pay
Teachers Purpose: To investigate the nature of the photoelectric effect and determine the work function of an unknown metal 
The
Photoelectric Effect 
Radioactive
Speed Dating [Radiometric Dating] @ Teachers Pay
Teachers Purpose: Correctly estimate the age of the various virtual objects (skulls, rocks, etc.) using the principles of radiometric dating 
Radioactive
Dating Game 